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NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Results Show Rises, Tops Wednesday

CBS' 'Big Brother' steady; Fox's 'MasterChef' down a bit but is night's top show in young men

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” is picking up ratings steam as it approaches the homestretch of its season, hitting a three-week high Wednesday for its live results show. It, Fox’s “MasterChef” and CBS’ “Big Brother” were the only shows making much of an impact on the night.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC’s winning night opened with an encore hour of “America’s Got Talent” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), followed by the show’s live results program (2.5/7 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall), which was up a bit from last week and also rose about 25% above last year’s comparable results show. “Talent” was Wednesday’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (3.1/8), key female demos and total viewers.

Closing the night for NBC was original drama “Camp” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which looks to be in line with its recent deliveries. If it holds at its current 1.2 in the nationals, it would be the show’s top score in three weeks.

At Fox, a repeat “MasterChef” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) led into a fresh episode at 9 (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), which was nearly on par with last week. It was a competitive second to “America’s Got Talent” in 18-49, tied with the NBC program in adults 18-34 (1.8/6) and won outright in men 18-34 (1.5/6).

CBS similarly was in line with last week with “Big Brother” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), which won the 8 o’clock hour in key demos. Repeats of “Criminal Minds” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) capped the night for the Eye.

ABC lagged its rivals on the night, airing encores of “The Middle” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), “Last Man Standing” on a special night (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (0.9/3 in 18-49, million viewers overall) and “The Neighbors” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall). And at 10, original series “The Lookout” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) matched last week’s demo delivery.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.7/5; Fox, 1.6/5; CBS, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.2/4; ABC, 0.8/3; Telemundo, 0.5/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 6.8 million; CBS, 5.6 million; Fox, 4.1 million; ABC and Univision, 3.2 million; CW and Telemundo, 1.1 million

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